Happiness as Anarchy #291: Derek Gripper

Apart from having a fabulous name, Derek Gripper is an amazing guitarist. He’s playing in the cracks. In the gaps of various African, Western and just plain beautiful musics. The resulting sound that is intriguing and compelling, and while at first it seemed he wasn’t going to talk much, as the concert went on he… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #291: Derek Gripper

Happiness as Anarchy #253: Going out with my small people

It’s the second day of 38 degrees and everyone is tired from the first week back at school. Hot, sweaty and tired, we tootled off to a delightful gig lead by one of my favourite musicians, Melbourne guitarist Jon Delaney. Gypsy jazz and jazzy Beach Boys played beautifully in a wonderful room. The small people… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #253: Going out with my small people

Happiness as Anarchy #143: Argentine Folk Music

There is a gorgeous little live music venue two blocks from my house. Tonight was a magical concert of Argentine folk music – a mix of new and old songs played with heart by some excellent musicians. It was an intimate, gentle gig where you could see the joy in the musicians as they played.… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #143: Argentine Folk Music

Happiness as Anarchy #78: my Audience

That’s you! You make me happy! It’s always a pleasure to play for the diverse mix of people who come to my gigs (and this all applies to you too, the people who read my blog). Tonight was no exception – from the jolly group of birthday party women, to the regular attendees and new… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #78: my Audience

Happiness as Anarchy #73: Gigs with friends

I’m opening the show tonight for Pete Daffy. Not only a great musician with an incredible voice, he’s also a very good friend of mine. It’s such a pleasure to play a gig with people I love, and it’s also very special – I love their music, love their smiles, and love their hearts. Here… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #73: Gigs with friends